Bet’s Fish Fry, Boothbay Common. I love this place. Limited menu: Fish and Chips, Fish in a Dish (no chips), Fish Sandwich. Cash only. Drinks out of vending machines. What you get: enormous portions of incredibly fresh fish (usually caught that morning), fried to order, served with a choice of dill or tartar sauce. Plenty of picnic tables to sit at. I have never been able to finish a Half Fish in a Dish. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Miss Wiscasset Diner (just south of the intersection between Route 1 and Route 144, also south of Shaw’s). This small diner doesn’t look like much on the outside, I drove past it for years. But it is run by a couple of Southerners and in addition to classic New England diner food they offer several Southern specialties. Everything I have had here (4 visits over two years) has been great. They do a killer fish hash (haddock, potatoes, onions), make terrific biscuits, serve a wonderful biscuits and sausage gravy that I loved every bite of but will probably never order again (a bit too heavy for me, however delicious). I am dying to try their fried chicken sandwich, I have seen it going by and it looked great. Service is very sweet if a tiny bit haphazard. In May their hours are 7 to 2, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but I think they have longer hours and may be open 7 days a week during high season.
Treats, Wiscasset. Treats is a sweet little place up the hill a couple of blocks from Red’s. They have various gourmet items, a nice cheese counter with several local cheeses, a very nice selection of wines. You can get coffee and a scone, croissant, frittata or sandwich.
Would love to hear about other places you have found in this area. I have not reviewed Red’s Eats as I am sadly allergic to shellfish, which never pains me more than when I am in Maine!